Soldier carrying grenades arrested at Srinagar airport

Soldier carrying grenades arrested at Srinagar airport

Srinagar: An army soldier was arrested at Srinagar Airport on Monday after two grenades were found in his possession by the anti-hijacking squad during security check, officials said.

The army soldier was identified as Bhopal Mukhia of 17 JAK Rifles, a native of Darjeeling town of West Bengal state.

Army spokesperson Rajesh Kalia said the soldier was arrested after grenades were found in his luggage during the routine security check at the airport.

The soldier was lodged in local police station for questioning, however, was granted bail later in the day, Kalia said.

The accused was travelling to New Delhi.

Director General of Police (DGP) SP Vaid said an investigation has been ordered in the matter. “We have filed an FIR in the case and there will be necessary action against the solider,” he said.

The soldier, according to sources, has alleged during investigation that he was ordered to carry the grenades by his senior officer. Mukhia is posted in North Kashmir’s border area of Uri near the Line of Control.

In February, another soldier, PK Gouda was caught with 15 rounds of live ammunition at Srinagar airport before he could board the flight.